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The Geek X VRV & Møme – Overview Effect 1972 (feat M.I.L.K.)

The Geek x VRV have been impressing me all year and that continues on what’s easily their poppiest record to date. It feels like a genuine radio smash to have lyrics memorized and people singing along. The production has deep bass tones to ground it, yet totally airy elements that make it as uplifting as the spacey artwork that’s just as brilliant. From top to bottom you can’t miss “Overview Effect 1972” as this decade comes to a close, so do yourself a favor and listen as soon as you can and let all your worries dissolve into mist.

I’ve emerged from some general anxiety and feeling pretty damn great. There’s a lot of exciting movement in life right now that feels like rocketing toward space. My home situation evolving, work being as good as ever, maintaining a spiritual center, it’s all fulfilling and makes me extremely grateful for the life I have. There’s plenty of reflection to do on how far I’ve come the past 10 years as this decade comes to a close and I feel better equipped than ever to take a spacebound leap when 2020 hits in less than a month.

EMPT Presents: Le Miel du Mois – Novembre 2019

Sorta like a dream, isn’t it?
No, Better…

Publié le 01 décembre 2019

01. Tim Ayre — Nothing
02. Family of Things — Oscilloscope
03. Callum Pitt — L. Lane
04. Low Island — When You Wake at Night
05. Elliot Adamson — Don’t Make Me Do
06. Jane Macgizmo — Midas
07. Yarosslav — Floating Away
08. Jean Tonique & Pink Flamingo Rhythm Revue — Open Market
09. La Félix — Healing (ft. Glasscat)
10. Tasha Angela — Lost In Nostalgia
11. Boy Willows — Greyhound (w/ Elais Park)
12. OTR — Drive
13. Steezy Prime — Bliss (w/ Cosmic)

Space Age Bachelor Pad Music

Tennyson – Telescope EP

Tennyson has delivered what I can only describe as the prettiest EP of the year. Telescope feels like floating away into the clouds and becoming an ethereal being that looks over all the lights dotting Earth and can zoom into any little scenario at will, observing with care whether it’s the procession of giant landmarks in global cities or the lights flickering on a neighborhood block while dusk and dawn engage in an eternal dance, light to dark and dark to light. Tennyson understands there’s beauty in everything and that’s just so apparent throughout his EP – “You” is a beautiful love-filled ode, “Kaonashi” feels like post-rock and cloud rap channeled through an alchemic transmutation, and “Sleepwalk” is an ambient beauty that taps into subtle emotions. There’s so much to love from top to bottom and I can’t get enough.

The notion that there’s beauty in all the little things is so utterly true. I love walking through the streets and seeing a little neon sign in a jewelry shop, the “woosh” of a bike drafting by toward their destination, the green grass of park to sit down on and feel the slight moisture of last night’s dew. We’re hyper focused on maximalist pleasure in society, but so much beauty lies in the minimalist realm and that’s something I hope people find to be apparent as times moves on. We’re fortunate to live on this Earth so let’s appreciate everything about it.

Autumn In June – Call Me When The Party’s Over

Autumn In June has always had insights into life in Los Angeles that feel more authentic than most music that emerges from the city. Rather than the bright lights that generally are the main focus, he channels the minuscule moments that occur under the radar throughout the city streets. On “Call Me When The Party’s Over” he masterfully walks through late night calls – it’s a situation applicable to any city, but because of the deep sense of place he weaves through his music, you can imagine the low buzz of cars crossing highways and imagine the handful of people wandering through neighborhoods as night time takes hold in the city of angels. It’s a wonderfully grainy lens through which we’re able to observe the smallest facets of his life.

The most minute moments make for the best art in my opinion. It’s a lot more fascinating to make phone calls have this sense of gravitas rather than tackling large, generalized topics. It also comes across as more human, more personal, more compelling. My favorite moments are seeing the lights flicker on around the city when dusk turns to night, seeing a couple in love appreciating one another, driving through downtown and getting lost within its skyscrapers. Those are the moments that stick with me and inform my love for the city I call home.

Marie Lang – Don’t Wanna Go Back

I wrote about Marie Lang earlier this year and she returns with a killer new single. It’s called “Don’t Wanna Go Back” and it’s a stunning indie-pop outing that feels like the genre at its most intricate and intelligent. The verses are dripping in soul, but the chorus feels like Imogen Heap or Dido at their most infectious which ticks off all the boxes for meeting my exact taste. Her vocals are absolutely killer and the production is fine-tuned to the most minute details, leaving nothing to imagine and everything to get lost within. “Don’t Wanna Go Back” is a powerful new statement that hints toward a dynamic debut EP which Marie has plans to unveil at the top of December, a date that I’ll be marking on my calendar and anxiously looking forward to.

I don’t want to go back to the mental chains that bound me. I’ve worked so hard to advance myself mentally and spiritually, so regressing to old trains of thought just isn’t an option anymore. Even when times are a little tough in my head like right now, I lean on the tools I’ve allotted over the past few years, whether it’s breathing and meditating or putting myself in the middle of my community where I can let go of self reflection and focus on the company of those around me. I’m proud of the person I’ve become and will continue to maintain this state of existence while continuing to progress day in and day out.

Night Tales – HAUNT EP

I’ve been chomping at the bit to write about this new Night Tales EP, instantly one of my favorite electronic releases of the year. It’s only three songs but each one is a journey worth embarking on. The first track is called “Ghost” and it’s an upbeat vocal led cut that would fit right in with an Anjunabeats mix as it has that global feel that transcends territories. Next up is my personal favorite, “Never”, which is a deep and dark foray into the murky side of house with a mature groove and distant vocals that perfectly complement an out of the world instrumental. EP closer “Pretender” is an emotional examination of where to go once a relationship collapses and it’s a perfect example of how electronic music can explore serious topics and not just the dance floor.

I’m just super appreciative of where music is at right now. I’ve been overwhelmed with so much good stuff, Night Tales included. Across the board genres are being innovated. I empathize with complaints about over saturation in the current market, but the democratization of music via the internet has allowed so many artists to tap into the most obscure of influences and emerge with a product that can hook a few niche fans or a whole global audience. The act of physically flipping through vinyl and CDs might be behind us, but the sense of discovery and awe will live on as long as music continues to be available to us. Whether it’s on Bandcamp’s selected albums or a little Spotify playlist, your next favorite is out there waiting to be heard.

Sophie Bom – Housewife

I had the privilege of hearing a taste of Sophie Bom’s new album before it dropped today and oh man am I blown away. Her vocals are so touching, discussing motherhood and marriage through the lens of Los Angeles which offers such a wide breadth of perspective to understand her view of the world. The lead single is “Kimono Mix” and it’s an utterly beautiful, soulful uplifting  cleanse that feels like secular praise to the wonders of life within these bodies we call home. Sophie’s lyrics are vivid enough to bring tears to your eyes, the vocal approach reminds me a lot of Kanye and Bon Iver’s collabs like “Lost In The World”, and the production is like sunshine in music form. That all goes without mentioning my other favorite highlights “Pills” (22, A Million era Bon Iver anyone?) and “Broke” (those organs just take me to another place when they hit). I can’t recommend this album in its entirety enough so please do yourself a favor and listen now!

It’s interesting thinking about motherhood through the context of art. Maybe I have a blindspot, but I feel like motherhood is deeply explored in film while underrepresented in music? There’s tons of fatherhood exploration across genres, but such open explorations of the path to birthing a child and the interpersonal relationships at play during the process feel like they just aren’t as easy to access. That notion makes Housewife all the more exciting to me because I feel like I get to be exposed to a new topic and expand my understanding of a perspective foreign to me as a man. Regardless of who you are or your background or understanding, though, listen closely to Sophie’s story because you’re going to leave it feeling blessed with some more perspective on the world.

Yahtzel & Amastro – Nothing

This new single from Yahtzel and Amastro came in hot to my inbox with all the makings of an irresistible electronic romp. Consider that potential met because “Nothing” is a really infectious, forward-thinking tune that makes all the pleasure centers in your brain light up. It offers equal possibilities to make you dance or lay out and enter a dazed head trip, so you can just take your pick. It’s only the first collaboration between these two producers but you can feel the really natural flow between them so I would expect this to not be the last we see from them combining their extensive talents with one another.

Nothing is wrong today, simply put. Work is fulfilling, spirituality runs through everything I do, friendships are deep, service to my community is excellent, my propensity to take care of myself is at its highest, I just have no complaints going into the weekend or for the foreseeable future. I’ve had a great week of learning about literature and scientific theories and feel inspired going into the weekend and beyond! I hope the same goes for you, and if it’s not 100% there, trust that you’ll reach that same space sooner than later.

Luis Crucet – Current EP

Luis Crucet’s Current EP starts off on a wonderful note that feels more like post-rock than any sort of electronic music that he looks to delve into throughout the rest of the record, setting a stunning tone that informs the atmospherics to come. “Mist”, a single I previously delved into on our pages, sounds even more beautiful within the context of understanding the full scope of Crucet’s vision. On the heels of it comes “React”, an edgier cut that slices through the haze and straight to the center of your brain while still maintaining a mystique. “Lines” reminds me quite a bit of Bonobo with a trappier percussive edge while “Power” closes out the EP with a lighters-up anthem. From top to bottom, Current is a wonderful dreamscape worth immersing yourself in for its entire runtime.

I’ve allowed myself to flow through life’s current without any sort of friction and am finding myself at the most positive point of my existence. I am living with utter balance that echoes the harmonious nature of the universe (as above, so below) and continue to follow the guide posts set out for me. The past year has been an absolute spiritual journey that required intensified efforts and endless repetition until it all finally began to click and become a reflex, whether it’s my morning meditation or pulling oracle cards to better understand what the day has in store. I’m full of gratitude and absolutely thankful. 

Lo Lytes – Devil You Know

I was really impressed when Lo Lytes came across my radar at the beginning of this year and he’s continued to improve with each release. There’s no doubt “Devil You Know” is his best single, a steamy proclamation of irresistible friction that his nameless lover can’t help but return to again and again and again. His vocals are top notch that would be totally fitting on pop radio and the production here is full of layers that continue to reveal themselves with each and every listen. Also, “baby loving me is suicide” has to be one of the most seething lines of all time – I can’t help but keep thinking about that one even when I’m not listening to the single because it’s the type of art that sticks with you.

I heard a lecture where a speaker proclaimed that literature isn’t the only thing that should be part of the sacred canon of spirituality. He made a case for movies like The Devil’s Advocate as philosophical entities that deserve appraisal as communicating ideas worthy of historical significance (which I fully agree with as the devil’s monologues in that film have stuck with me since it arrived in the ’90s). I think that concept speaks to a larger idea that ALL art needs to be taken seriously wherever it delivers an impact, so I have to say that aforementioned lyric from “Devil You Know” fits the bill. I suggest holding your favorite music up to the light and appreciating it beyond your favorite playlist!